Sugar is feared by many and avoided by few. It’s not real food, it has zero nutritional value and yet, we eat it every day at every meal. Why is that?
- Because it’s everywhere.
- Because it’s addictive.
I started to avoid sugar about two years ago, when I realized that my body rejected it way too often to still pretend that I craved it and when my teeth just hurt whenever I ate a cookie – and that was like once a week, so imagine how much my body hated it.
The past few months have been a challenge for me in terms of avoiding candy and chocolates, because when you go to the mall and you see tons of vegan brands with delicious looking photos on the packaging, you need to be strong-willed to avoid them.
But I did it. I started to consciously step back whenever my eyes got hungry and just wanted a muffin for the sake of eating a muffin. And I started to step back whenever I got offered something that was made of pure sugar.
I am not sugar-free completely. It’s everywhere and you can find it in sauces and even in bread, but when it comes to chocolate, candy, muffins, doughnuts, bars and similar, I am avoiding it completely.
As with every post, I want to share with you my tips from my journey and tell you what I found to be useful and working, so here are a few tips on how to deal with sugar cravings when they hit:
- Avoid places where the main ingredient in the food is sugar. Do not walk in the candy section of the store but go straight to the aisle that has all the healthy foods. If you don’t see chocolate, you won’t buy chocolate.
- Eat plenty of carbs and feed your brain. When your body craves sugar, it craves energy that you are lacking, so eat plenty of carbs that give energy to your brain. Make rice and potatoes the bases of your lunches and dinners.
- Eat healthy sugar. Eat fruits. Bananas, apples, pears, watermelons and grapes are just five out of a, quite literally, millions of different fruits. Needless to say, you can eat fruit without being afraid of getting sick or fat.
- Stay fed. I caught myself so many times being hungry and craving a sugary drink. My body was starving and instead of giving it food, I gave it sweet water. Not good. Make sure you eat properly and that you don’t starve.
- Stop buying candy and chocolates with the excuse that you will eat them in small portions every other day. It won’t work. When the cravings hit, you will forget about your promise and you WILL eat it all.
There you go, lovely.
Those are just a few things that I have been doing for the past few months because one thing that my body asked from me once I went vegan over four years ago was to stop eating all the shit with zero nutritional value. I ignored my body’s wishes for very long, but it was time that I finally listened.
Let me know in the comment section how YOU are dealing with sugar cravings and what advice would you give to someone who just can’t stop eating chocolate every day. If you know any great tips on how to deal with sugar cravings, you know they are always welcomed.
p.s. – If you want to know how to eat plant-based on a budget, make sure to read my post here.